Meher Bokhari set to join DawnNews: Report

Published: January 21, 2013
Mehr has previously worked for Samaa Television. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

Mehr has previously worked for Samaa Television. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

Journalist and anchorperson, Meher Bokhari, whose behind the scenes video of a ‘planted’ show on Dunya TV had surfaced last year, has decided to join DawnNews, reported Monday.

The website quoted sources as saying that DawnNews will pay her Rs1.8 million monthly for hosting a show.

Behind the scenes footage showing Mubashir Lucman and his co-anchor Bokhari talking to business tycoon Malik Riaz during their show had surfaced on YouTube under the title “Malik Riaz Planted Interview with Mehar Bokhari and Mubashir Lukman on Dunya TV.”

The footage showed conversations between Lucman, Bokhari and Riaz focused on the kind of questions they will be asking. Both anchors were also instructed against interrupting Riaz during the interview.

The video went viral on social media and sparked many media debates, after which Lucman and Bokhari left Dunya TV.

Mehr has previously worked for Samaa Television, while her husband Kashif Abbasi, hosts a TV show on ARY News.

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Reader Comments (26)

  • kHaN
    Jan 21, 2013 - 1:24PM

    1.8m Rupees per month! Is that the amount of money the TV anchors get?!!!!
    Man, I wasted my time on trying to be a doctor. :(


  • Sana Ali
    Jan 21, 2013 - 1:37PM

    Meher Abbasi now I thinkRecommend

  • Roti, kapra aur..
    Jan 21, 2013 - 1:39PM

    Bravo Dawn TV…!! teh torch bearer of Fair Journalism


  • meekal a ahmed
    Jan 21, 2013 - 1:51PM

    Great news. Hope she pays her taxes.


  • Javed
    Jan 21, 2013 - 2:15PM

    How sad!

    I have always regarded Dawn as a top notch Newspaper. Hiring a person like Mehr Bokhari would definitely change my opinion about this newspaper. Dawn should seriously reconsider its options.


  • Jan 21, 2013 - 2:27PM

    Getting Rs.1.8 million after watching that Dunya TV clip just goes to show that our media channels have 0 ethics and they just focus on sensationalism.


  • Pk
    Jan 21, 2013 - 2:32PM

    There goes the dignity and reputation for balanced reporting Dawn was known for.


  • YP, Mississauga
    Jan 21, 2013 - 3:09PM

    Duniya fiasco! what a waste of money.


  • wasti
    Jan 21, 2013 - 3:13PM

    @ Javed Very well said. Lifafa Journalist


  • UJ
    Jan 21, 2013 - 3:18PM

    Rs. 1.8 million for a SCRIPTED show, after Malik Riaz interview scandal Luqman and Meher shouldnt even get a job of journalist


  • Parvez
    Jan 21, 2013 - 3:19PM

    Dawn needed something / someone to give a boost to its fuddy-duddy image……….and Meher Bokhari is just the thing.


  • A Khan
    Jan 21, 2013 - 3:43PM

    Rs1.8m for scripted interviews ? I wonder who really provides the money to these tv stations. They certainly cannot afford that from their advertising and pathetic programming.

    Lifafa journalism..said someone. Brilliant, say I !

    If anyone measures ratings of programs, lets vote by ignoring and not watching “journalists” like Lucman and Abbasi.


  • Sonya
    Jan 21, 2013 - 3:57PM

    A victim of social-media, Meher Bokhari still is the most popular and highly respected Pakistani female journalist and a host. She should have never joined Duniya TV in the first instance whose owner started the channel as a ‘business’ rather than something evolved from the profession they were already in as has been the case of Dawn TV.


  • lulldapull
    Jan 21, 2013 - 4:06PM

    Oh Bhai A Khan, the money for most of the Pakistan media comes from the U.S.

    The censored junk and garbage propaganda these media outlets vomit is in line with the same they do in the U.S. and much of the western world.

    U.S. Aid, World Bank and the IMF control the levers of power in Pakistan, and it is they who decide what type of info or propaganda to disseminate via these self funded media outlets.


  • Mujeeb
    Jan 21, 2013 - 4:39PM

    Well no one is equal and its just fake ideas of peoples that the money comes from US , Go and every TV show and imagine and see what is actually happening there and you will considered where the youth of our country is standing and come to screen then comment what ever you want :P


  • aj
    Jan 21, 2013 - 4:44PM

    Iam wasting a lot of time in entrance test preprations! I’d like to be an anchor person now. . Lol


  • Sonya
    Jan 21, 2013 - 4:57PM

    @aj: Why not try to jump in to know your worth.


  • Loki
    Jan 22, 2013 - 2:27AM

    Well she is blamed for that planted show but that doesnt mean she should be ignored she has a right to work anywhere


  • wadao
    Jan 22, 2013 - 9:35AM

    yes, that means she should be ignored


  • wadao
    Jan 22, 2013 - 9:38AM

    chachaa, not every anchor gets that much money. There are only 10 or 15 of them who make this much. On the other hand, almost every doctor makes decent money. So stick with what you are doing.


  • Dooli
    Jan 22, 2013 - 10:01AM

    Good that she did not join Express News. Otherwise we would have not seen the report of her joining on ET!


  • doom
    Jan 22, 2013 - 10:21AM

    “Sorry, this video has been removed due to copyright claim from Dunya”.

    It’s ok. We’ve all seen it. Just wanted to see it one more time.


  • Jan 22, 2013 - 10:37AM

    Disaster! Disaster Personified! DISASTER^!

    If Shazia Khan and Asma Bokhari are not good enough, then there is most definitely something wrong with DAWN TEEVEE.

    Salams to 2013.


  • Asad
    Jan 22, 2013 - 10:46AM

    1.8M?? How can I become an anchor person? Any suggestions?


  • Loki
    Jan 25, 2013 - 3:02AM

    Why do you people always have to be so much extreme in everything? she has a right to work anywhere….


  • muhammad waqas
    Jan 30, 2013 - 12:29PM

    very unbelieveable


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